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This hilly city is known for its university and beautifully preserved landmarks. Graduate job hunters will also be drawn by its service industries, engineering and manufacturing.

Career city: Durham | Postgraduate study | Local graduate employers | Moving to Durham

Durham’s economy is primarily composed of the services, industrial and agricultural sectors. Engineering and manufacturing are especially robust in popularity.

Durham’s city centre boasts many beautiful listed buildings, while Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tourism is an important sector and part of the area’s appeal for residents and visitors alike. Recent graduates will enjoy the student-esque arts, sports and club scenes.


Postgraduate study in and around Durham

Durham University is the third oldest university in England. Like Oxford and Cambridge, it is collegiate and this greatly influences a student’s social network. Under the formal assessment regime, more than four-fifths of research at Durham is judged to be either excellent or world leading, with research carried out in theology and sports science among the very best in the UK. The university is renowned for the world-class quality of its postgraduate research.


Ten local graduate employers in Durham

  1. Durham County Council, Durham (Public sector; Housing)
  2. Durham University, Durham (Research; Administration)
  3. PwC, Newcastle (Accounting and financial management; Consulting)
  4. Accenture, Newcastle (Management consulting)
  5. BAE Systems, County Durham (Aeronautical engineering; Security)
  6. Waterstons, Durham (IT; Consultancy)
  7. Balfour Beatty Group, Newcastle (Civil, electrical and mechanical engineering; Quantity surveying)
  8. Nissan, Sunderland (Engineering; Manufacturing)
  9. AkzoNobel, Newcastle (Sales; Finance; HR; Customer service)
  10. Siemens plc, Durham (Engineering)

(Note: these companies may not be currently recruiting. Their names have been provided as a guideline to the type of work available and what areas to look in.)


Moving to Durham

It’s on the map for…

  • Durham Cathedral, built in 1093
  • The Durham Regatta, held annually since 1834
  • Easy access to the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors

It’s within commuting distance of…

  • Newcastle upon Tyne – 19 miles
  • Darlington – 22 miles
  • Middlesbrough – 24 miles

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